Free eye test

with PRSI or Medical Card

Could your next eye test be free?

More people than ever are now entitled to free eye tests – are you one of them?

Eye tests are free if you are entitled to PRSI treatment benefit or have a Medical Card. That’s the same whether you’re employed or self-employed. Changes in legislation mean that from 27 March 2017 self-employed workers are also eligible for a free eye test, funded by PRSI.

What’s more, if you’re over 40 or your optician recommends it, your eye test will include digital retinal photography at no extra charge.

We want to help

We aim to offer the clearest information possible to help you find the best deal for you. We know that trying to work out whether you qualify for free eye tests with PRSI or a Medical Card can be confusing.

You can read more about the benefits available in full by clicking here to download a PDF from the Department of Social Protection on treatment benefit.

If, after this reading this page, you still have questions, you can book an appointment with our staff:

  • to find out more information
  • to obtain an application form to claim your free Medical Card cover
  • or to arrange PRSI preapproval

Before your eye test

When you request an appointment we will ask you for your PPS number to see whether you are eligible for a free eye test.

If you qualify for a free eye test under the Medical Card scheme, you will need to come into store and complete an application form which will be sent to the HSE for authorisation. Once you receive the form back from the HSE you are able to book an eye test.

How often are you entitled to a free PRSI or Medical Card test?

Adults and children are normally advised to have a sight test every two years. Regular eye tests are important, as we’ll check how well you can see and whether your sight is changing over time – sometimes you may be unaware of small changes which can affect your everyday life. We also take a closer look at your eye health which allows us to detect a range of health conditions.

Terms and conditions

Subject to eligibility. Free eye test funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) or the Department of Social Protection. Excludes eye tests for VDU use, safety glasses or driving licences.